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(Warhammer Heroes #9)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A vicious scourge emerges to claim the Old World

Warlord Queek Headtaker is unlike other skaven, a fearless warrior, a general who leads from the front and the grim victor of many great battles. When King Kazador begins to gather an army at Karak Azul it falls to Queek to lead a surprise attack on the hold, but even one as cunning as he cannot resist the chance to face such
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Games Workshop (first published May 23rd 2013)
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Headtaker is an incredibly strong novel and delivers a great demonstration of Skaven supremacy, lots of humor, schemes and backstabbing, stubborn dwarfs and heavy-hitting orcs, but also very visceral action and some truly thought-provoking scenes.

Queek Headtaker himself had fantastic character development throughout the book, becoming more and more menacing, shifting from pure madness and bloodlust to a genuinely fearsome warlord playing his own cards smartly. But not just the great Headtaker
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is one of the hardest novels for me to review... There was some truly memorable characters, backstabbing, action and lots of evil ratmen and noble dwarves.
My problem lies with how the story was told.
The entire premise with a skaven plot to stop a dwarven stronghold from producing and selling arms to other dwarves is pretty good. The Headtaker him self is quite awesome. As is the assassins, the old-thing Sharpwit (and there's a rat who truly deserved the name!) not to mention the grey seer
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to like this one, but I couldn't.

The main problem this book has, is it's title. For a book called headtaker, it has precious little Headtaker in it. Yes almost everybody is talking about Queek Headtaker, at some points his name is in every third sentence but the character himself sort of fades to the background in the later third of the book. In stead we get more and more time with this Thordun Locksplitter and longbeard Handrik of Karak Azul and their assembled motley crews of
Felicity Keane
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Being quite new to the world of Warhammer, I found this quite a tricky book to get into.

Having read Valkia the Bloody and Skarsnik prior to this, I found them quite accessible due to following the characters from their early years to their status as the established characters we know and love/hate in the Warhammer lore.

Headtaker throws you straight into the action and lacking any knowledge of the principal characters, it was a bit of a struggle for me to follow at first.

But in spite of this, I
Marko Prokić
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Guymer created believable Skaven characters - feat not easily achievable. And that's the thing that I liked the most with this book. The Dwarfs and their culture have been described and brought to life really good as well.
We have a book with Skaven, Dwarfs and little bit of Greenskins, and all of that was mixed in properly.
The character of Queek is really well written... but I've had a problem with some of his decisions at the end of the book. I understand that he is psychotic and prone
Sam Hall
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Queek Headtaker slays dwarf-meat mighty-strong! Another insight in the life of our beloved warlord with red eyes. Skaven-lovers must-read!
Maximilian Surjadi
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the 8th Warhammer novel I read, other than Gotrek & Felix and Grey Seer Thanquol series. Honestly, sometimes the narrative and story line are pretty hard to follow (The reason this is a four and not a five star).

The story are surrounding those of uniqely character. Amazing development in the Skaven character, like the cunningly old Sharpwit, the mad warlord Queek, even the haughty Grey Seer Razzel. Each are skaven, each have a very distinct point of view. Unfortunately on the other
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Felt the story was very slow, jumped from character to character so often and needlessly, found myself unable to follow the story. David Guymer does eventually deliver a good yarn, but it took me so long to get through, I can't rate it higher.
Dave Kirlin
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Neat content and characterization, but I found the action and general story line hard to follow at times.
Christoph Weber
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, warhammer
Ich sollte etwas vorsichtiger in meiner Auswahl sein, und nicht alle Warhammer-Bücher ungeschaut lesen... Headtaker war zach
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Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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David Guymer is a freelance author, PhD in molecular microbiology (which still comes in more handy than you might think), and tabletop warlord based in the Yorkshire East Riding. He is the author of the Gotrek & Felix novels: City of the Damned, Kinslayer, and the series conclusion, Slayer, which is currently long listed for the David Gemmell Legend Award and can be voted on here ...more

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